Music history and highlights on January 26th from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll.
1790: Mozart opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” opens in Vienna.
1795: Johann Christoph Freiderich Bach passes on.
1905: Maria Augusta von Trapp (inspiration for “A Sound of Music”) born in Austria.
1908: Jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli born in Paris.
1932: Jamaican record producer Coxone Dodd born in Kingston.
1934: Rhythm & Blues pianist Huey “Piano” Smith (“Don’t You Just Know It”, “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”) born in New Orleans.
1953: Highly respected singer songwriter Lucinda Williams (“Passionate Kisses”, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”) born in Lake Charles.
1955: Rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen born in Njmegen, Netherlands.
1957: Sensational Memphis band “Big Star” bassist Andy Hummell born in… well, Memphis of course!
1958: Singer Anita Baker (“Giving You the Best That I Got”) born in Toledo, Ohio.
1958: UB40 bassist and British musician Norman Lamont Hassan born in Birmingham, England.
1961: “Are You Lonesome Tonight” hits No. 1 for Elvis.
1965: 50 plus fans rush the stage at a Rolling Stones concert in Brisbane, Australia, and in the rock n’ roll mayhem Keith Richards’ shirt was torn off.
1965: Petula Clark’s “Downtown” is No. 1 on the British charts (Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page played on the track, which also gave Page his 1st No. 1 hit).
1974: Ringo Starr reaches No. 1 on U.S. singles chart with “You’re Sixteen”.
1980: 175,000 people attend a Frank Sinatra concert in Rio de Janeiro.
1980: Prince makes his national Television debut on “American Bandstand”.
1987: Lionel Richie and Whitney Houston win at 14th American Music Awards.
1988: “Phantom of the Opera” opens at the Majestic Theater in New York.
1998: Spice Girls and Babyface win at 25th American Music Awards.
1998: S. P. Leary, Texas blues drummer who played with Muddy Waters, passes away.
2009: “Blame It (On the Alcohol)” by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain wins Billboard Song of the Year.
2011: Marvelettes founder and lead singer Gladys Horton (“Please Mr. Postman”) passes on.
2014: MacLemore, Ryan Lewis, Lorde and Daft Punk win at 56th Grammy Awards.